Funky-Penguin: The future's bright the future's linux
Aug 14, 2000, 13:31 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Richard Hillesley)
Re-Imagining Linux Platforms to Meet the Needs of Cloud Service Providers
[ Thanks to rob
for this link. ]
"Linux is the future for the Office desktop? Are you joking?
Well, no. There are good reasons why Linux has a place on the
office desktop, and why the enterprising manager should consider a
Windows-like Linux distribution such as Corel as a step on the rung
to a more economic and stable office environment."
"The manager deploying computer systems through an organisation
should consider these things. The magic words of computer science
were always maintainability, reliabilitiy, flexibility and
portability. The conventional PC deployment has too many
shortcomings, of cost, of long-term consistency, and of business
efficiency. There must be ways to reduce the overall cost of
deployment, which includes support and training for each upgrade.
There must be ways to ensure the sustainability of software in the
long-term, because the initial costs of development and deployment
are so high. Good managers should also be consulting their staff
where they will find a growing fatigue and cynicism towards
Microsoft software, not least the corrupted development languages
such as C++ and Java, which even when pretending to conform to the
language standards, will run only on Microsoft platforms."
"This article proposes that the time has come for Linux. Why?
Cost is an obvious incentive. It is possible to download a Linux
system from the internet and deploy it across the system without
the requirement for a licence. This is totally free, depending on
your telephony arrangements, but large companies require quality
assurance and support for their systems. The savings may be more
subtle, but are no less obvious. All the major distributors of
Linux have arrangements for professional support of their systems.
There are other benefits like competence, adaptability and
standardisation, or that the commercial office systems available on
Linux, Applixware and WordPerfect, are both equivalent to and
compatible with Microsoft Office, and cost an awful lot less. And
StarOffice, which claims the same benefits, is freely
distributable. The free software office tools being developed by
KDE and Gnome promise to be as feature-filled as their respective
GUIs. Linux is, of course, an ideal development platform, and
besides the standard free development tools, also supports high
performance IDE's such as SGI's Jessie, which is open-sourced, and
the Inprise/Borland programming development tools, which are also
cross-platform and standards compliant."
- NetworkWorld: New Linux desktops to debut at LinuxWorld(Aug 12, 2000)
- LinuxPlanet: From the Desktop: Dealing with the Dark Side(Aug 04, 2000)
- Linux Magazine: eDesktop: A User's Dream [Review of Caldera OpenLinux 2.4 on a ThinkPad](Jul 29, 2000)
- WebReview.com: Web Browsers on the Linux Desktop(Jul 28, 2000)
- LinuxPlanet: From the Desktop: Opening Up the Rest of Linux(Jul 14, 2000)
- LinuxPower: The Linux Desktop Wars; Chapter Two Begins Now(Jul 11, 2000)
- LinuxPlanet: From the Desktop: Good Vibrations(Jul 07, 2000)
- Internet Week: Linux Makes Some Inroads on the Desktop(Jun 28, 2000)
- LinuxPR: New Accounting Programs for Linux Desktop
(Jun 27, 2000)
- IT-Director: Spoilt for choice on the desktop [Oracle NIC](Jun 23, 2000)